Christopher M. Barker

Co-Director, UC Davis

Christopher M. Barker is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Barker has a PhD in medical entomology and MS degrees in epidemiology and entomology.

The Barker Lab studies the factors that cause outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses. They work closely with partners in public health and mosquito control on research to inform policy for disease prevention. The Barker lab conducts centralized diagnostic testing for arboviruses and houses web-based data platforms for mosquito and arbovirus surveillance. Current research projects focus on the biology of invasive mosquitoes, the epidemiology of Zika, dengue, and West Nile viruses, and better quantitative methods for evaluating surveillance and control.